In the flurry of recent sexual abuse allegations made against prominent and wealthy men, the allegations made against former comedian and current Minnesota Senator Al Franken have perhaps been some of the most notorious.
But as the accounts from his accusers dominate the mainstream media, the pundits making excuses for him seem to forget the nature of his career before he was a senator.
You see, unlike many of the other powerful men currently being accused of sexual assault, much of Franken’s crass character has been captured on video. There are the initial photos of him mock-groping Leeann Tweeden that began the scandal, but former stand-up and interviews serve to bolster the impression of a vulgar, perverted man.
LifeSiteNews reports that among Franken’s tasteless humor in the past are jokes about raping women, raping children, and being glad that homosexuals have been killed.
During a Hollywood ‘Roast’ of Director Rob Reiner, son of Carl Reiner, Franken joked about how Rob’s dad invited his friends over to rape his son.
“On a typical night, Carl would slip into Rob’s bed, roll him over, swab him down and say something like, ‘I’m thinking about hiring Morey Amsterdam to play Buddy Sorrell, what do you think?”
Franken continued, “Well, the success of The Dick Van Dyke Show changed things dramatically. Carl started inviting many of his famous friends to f**k his son. That list includes some of the greats in comedy: Paul Lynde, Dom DeLuise, Rip Taylor, Danny Kaye, Charles Nelson Reilly and Rock Hudson—whom I frankly don’t think is that funny.”
While the photos of Franken and Tweeden reflect pretty poorly on the Senator’s attitudes towards women, his comments on a female news anchor are far worse.
In a New York Magazine article published in 1995, he described in no subtle terms his fantasy of raping a 60 Minutes reporter:
“And, ‘I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then, when Lesley’s passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her,’” Franken said. “Or, ‘that’s why you never see Lesley until February.’ Or, ‘when she passes out, I put her in various positions and take pictures of her.’”
Despite being a darling of the left and a public supporter of LGBT rights, it seems Franken did not always feel this way towards the homosexual community. In fact, in a 1979 interview with a publication for his alma mater, Franken made an incredibly crass joke about homosexuals at Harvard.
“I just don’t like homosexuals. If you ask me, they’re all homosexuals in the Pudding.” [“Pudding” is a reference to the Hasty Pudding Institute, a Harvard social club which produces theatricals.] Franken explained. “Hey, I was glad when that Pudding homosexual got killed in Philadelphia.”
The interviewer then noted that Franken grinned widely at this comment and insisted these comments were included in the article.
It transcends mere liberal hypocrisy to elect a man like Franken to the Senate simply because he claims to be a “champion of women” and votes for their radical social policies. Are Democrats really willing to overlook jokes about dead homosexuals and raping women and children?!
Apparently so, or at least they were when he was elected. But go figure–when your party has no moral backbone anyway, it makes no difference who you elect as long as it furthers your cause. They might even be willing to throw Franken under the bus, who knows.
One truth they can’t escape, however, is, well, the truth. Just as Franken’s disgusting sense of humor cannot be erased no matter how “senatorial” he has tried to become, the reality of the dark, sexually deviant underbelly of their political party will always remain.
They can pontificate about social justice all they want, but as long as the left continues to champion immorality, that is exactly what their party will remain…immoral.